At Heroes Dental in Texas, we often see patients who are absolutely miserable with pain come into our office. It’s usually safe to assume they will be needing a root canal.
A root canal is performed to help repair a severely damaged and decaying tooth. The nerve and pulp are removed from the tooth, and the inside of the tooth is sealed and cleaned. We know this does not sound pleasant at all, but neglecting to repair it is even worse. The tissue around the tooth can become infected and form an abscess.
What Conditions Are Root Canals Used To Treat?
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Root canals are used to treat severe tooth decay and damage. Sometimes, there are no symptoms associated with these issues. However, you can watch for these symptoms for an idea of whether or not you might need a root canal:
- A hole in your tooth
- Significant toothaches
- Pimple-looking sores or blisters on the gums
- Pain while chewing
- Swelling in the gums
- Swelling in the face and neck
- Tooth darkening or discoloration
Keep in mind, these symptoms are associated with several different types of dental issues. You’ll need to see your family dentist to determine which treatment is right for you.